These are best taken from September to mid-winter, just after leaf fall. Good candidates include roses, cornus, jasmine, deutzia, buddleja, weigela, forsythia and honeysuckle, plus fruit bushes like fig, blackberry and gooseberry.
Choose stems from this year’s growth that have become woody and fairly inflexible. They should be about as thick as a pencil. Use sharp secateurs to remove the soft growth at the tip. Cut stems just below a bud, around 15 to 30cm long.